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Wei Leng Tay Solo Exhibition ‘Abridge’

What does it mean to make images in an uncertain present?

Through photography, video and sound, ‘Abridge’ reflects on the materiality of images and media, grappling with the vital yet tenuous presence of personal and shared pasts. Developed between 2018-2021, the project reflects a process of introspective, instinctive exploration, in which Tay’s previous work becomes the subject. The central series comprises photographic prints made by digitally re-photographing analogue images Tay made while living and working in Hong Kong from 1999-2015. Transformed by her mobile phone and printed as C-Type photographs, Tay registers their presence as more than images — as artefacts. This series reflects on shifts in technology and Tay’s artistic practice, against the broader question of how we see and interact with images today. The photographs orbit a single-channel video installation, in which time seems suspended by the sense of endless movement along the bridge to Zhuhai, a liminal space in which one loses a sense of direction. The image-objects in ‘Abridge’ intentionally reveal their making and are conscious of their layered, reflective surfaces, registering Tay’s hand in their current state – in their currency. No longer informing as they once did, they reflect a past as only so many fragmentary glimpses, stubbornly refusing to form a nostalgic whole.